Teacher Education: Opportunities, Challenges and Perspectives


Ivan Mattsson (Editor)

Series: Education in a Competitive and Globalizing World

BISAC: EDU001020

In order for students to succeed in the academic environment, teachers must be well-equipped to handle a wide variety of challenges. As such, the professional development and personal wellbeing of teachers is of paramount importance. Instead of focusing on students, this book examines the lives of teachers and investigates means by which to improve their skillsets and quality of life, which results in a better experience for students as well. Chapter One investigates pedagogical approaches and curricula used in contemporary popular music courses delivered by Australian higher education institutions, with a specific focus on guitar tuition. Chapter Two explores the opportunities and challenges present in the Cambodian education system in connection with establishing effective teacher education programs, particularly for ongoing professional learning. Chapter Three presents the concept of social-emotional teaching to address the importance of wellbeing of teachers. Chapter Four includes a personal narrative relating to a teacher’s experience teaching mathematics education courses remotely to elementary teacher candidates during the pandemic. Chapter Five examines the professional identity of the subject discipline teacher educator.

Table of Contents


Chapter 1. Opportunities and Challenges in Culturally Responsible Music Education: A Study of Australian Tertiary Music Education
(Daniel A. Lee – Graduate Research, College of Arts, Law and Education, University of Tasmania, Launceston, Tasmania, Australia)

Chapter 2. Reflecting on the Past – Exploring Future Opportunities and Challenges: Cambodian Teacher Education since the 1970s
(Elizabeth King – Melbourne Graduate School of Education, University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia)

Chapter 3. The Importance of Social-Emotional Teaching (SET): Strengthening the Wellbeing of Student Teachers in Times of Crisis
(Tamar Ariav, Bracha Alpert, Oren Ergas and Linor, L. Hadar – Beit Berl College, Kfar Saba, Israel)

Chapter 4. Teaching Mathematics in the Era of COVID-19: Pros and Cons of Online Education through the Voices of Elementary Teacher Candidates
(Sergei Abramovich – State University of New York at Potsdam)

Chapter 5. The Professional Identity of Subject Discipline Teacher Educators
(Rebecca Purcell and Jennifer Johnston – School of Post Primary Education, Mary Immaculate College, Limerick, Ireland, et al.)


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